|Jiminy Cricket under construction at Alexander Boats|
|Jiminy Cricket racing in the Hauraki Gulf in the 1976 One Ton Cup trials (photo Farr Yacht Design)|
|Jiminy Cricket in light airs on Auckland Harbour|
|45 South II (as The Number) during the gale lashed long offshore race in the 1976 One Ton Cup trials|
Following her selection, rapid changes were made to the trim of Jiminy Cricket, including shifting the engine forward and installing a taller rig, although her rated sail area remained less than that of 45 South II.
As with 45 South at the Quarter Ton Cup the year before, the New Zealand yachts were something of an anomaly amongst the 43 yachts that arrived in Marseilles, being lighter, shorter and with smaller sail plans than most of their competitors. The first race, held in a good breeze, suited the two Farr boats perfectly, with 45 South II taking the gun and Jiminy Cricket finishing second.
|Close up view of the stern sections and cockpit layout of 45 South II in Marseilles|
|45 South II tacks around the windward mark in the first race after a port tack approach, Jiminy Cricket comes in on starboard to the far left|
|45 South II (left) to leeward and ahead of Jiminy Cricket|
|45 South II on a tight reach during the 1976 One Ton Cup|
|45 South II in light airs during the 1976 One Ton Cup, with the German yacht Sabina to windward (photo Jonathan Eastland)|
|45 South II broad reaching with spinnaker and staysail set, 1976 One Ton Cup|
|Jiminy Cricket in fresh conditions during the 1976 One Ton Cup|
|45 South II (Farr Yacht Design)|
It is not known what happened to Jiminy Cricket as she did not return to New Zealand. 45 South II did not return either, but I have recently heard from her current German owner who bought 45 South II in 1998 and maintains her in excellent condition. He has recently fitted her with a carbon mast, this provided a weight saving of about 50lbs, with further savings through replacement of the nitronic rod stays with carbon.
|Above and below - 45 South II sailing in Germany (the pink stripe is now blue)|
The 1104 design further evolved with Country Boy which was commissioned by Clyde Colson and went on to win the New Zealand One Ton Nationals in early 1977. The ability of the Farr One Tonners in a breeze was further underscored however with an emphatic win by Piccolo (Australia) and second placing by Rockie (New Zealand) in the storm tossed 1976 Sydney-Hobart race.
|Country Boy, winner of the 1977 New Zealand One Ton Nationals|
|Sweet Okole sweeps to victory during the 1981 Transpac|